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#3040767 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by wackojacko on 04 December 2014 - 08:11 AM

Only considered a negative by league fans who have a gripe with RU and for the most part do not understand the game of RU beyond their tired old prejudices.


Give over. I was born about as far South as the UK goes, played Union 10 seasons until I found a more physically suitable sport and watched it pretty religiously from age 5 to 18 as did a large number of my friends and family. The only person who liked RL was my dad and we could only ever watch it when the Challenge Cup was on really (plus he's nearly as big a Union fan as League fan). I still watch Union a bit now but my interest has waned. But I always used to hate the boring kicking "duels", the endless dull set pieces and was finally tired out by every last ###### collapsed scrum. I like running rugby and I finally found I couldn't bother waiting anymore for some to happen in Union.

#3040460 The Exiles games.

Posted by wackojacko on 03 December 2014 - 08:46 AM

Simple solution....Catalans don't want to play nice, then they can f' off back and play in the elite 13.........I am sure Sky aren't too bothered if we have a French side or another M62 team.....


It's all well and good saying that we need to promote the game in France, but as it stands, they give very little if anything back to the game. 10 years in and if anything French RL has gone backwards, with more journeymen/tourist players from the SH filling out the better teams in their domestic comp and their international side being a bit of a joke.


I'll defer to the informed French posters but if anything I'd think it was the opposite. 


In any case, we can't rely on one team to produce an international side, Toulouse need to be in SL (and full-time at that).

#3040065 Wigan to train in US

Posted by wackojacko on 02 December 2014 - 09:45 AM

The biggest UK invasion since the Beatles! December 18 theWiganWarriors Rugby league team will be in Jacksonville to attend theJacksonville Jaguars Thursday night football game. That afternoon they will host a training and scrimmage game with a combined team of players from The Jacksonville AxemenTampa Mayhem and Central Florida Warriors. Details on the venue coming soon and expected time is about 3.30pm.





Just posted on facebook; in addition to Leeds' visit and match against the US Pioneers in January, Wigan are coming to train in Jacksonville as well. Some great things being done down there...

#3038975 Should S Burgess have been included in BBC SPOTH shortlist?

Posted by wackojacko on 29 November 2014 - 02:44 PM

Despite being better looking and having better prospects?


That's not true love. Cynical Union types ;)

#3035431 Samoa RU threatened with World Cup removal

Posted by wackojacko on 20 November 2014 - 01:20 PM

Bit of an own goal there me old mucker


Huh? They're lower in the rankings. You can't have it both ways - if Samoa improve and move above England in the rankings then it's because RL is dying in England but if the Union team are lower in the rankings then it's because it's such a widespread sport. If Samoa go above England would we not be allowed to be proud of that expansion.

#3032976 15/11/14 - 4N Final - New Zealand v Australia KO 7.45am (GMT)

Posted by wackojacko on 15 November 2014 - 09:46 AM

What a game, what a tournament !

What a sport!

#3031129 Could Ireland's tactics make the maul a thing of the past?

Posted by wackojacko on 11 November 2014 - 10:29 AM

You are Martin Offiah and I claim my £5   ;)


Or any of the Union defenders sidestepping Jonah Lomu ;)

#3028100 France should be in four nations

Posted by wackojacko on 06 November 2014 - 03:41 PM

France should've won this year's European Cup and we shouldn't even be having this debate but it does annoy me that international rugby league outside of the top three is decided by which nationalities emigrated to Australia, NZ and northern England in the last 50 years or so...

#3027729 09/11/14 - Australia v Samoa KO 5am GMT (Wollongong)

Posted by wackojacko on 05 November 2014 - 05:18 PM

English fans want a neutral ref's as all the  neutral refs are at best bellow average. With a below average ref they can slow the game down easier and get away with more. Hence swinging it in there favor. That's the only reason. With an Aussie (NRL) ref, they are more inclined to keep the teams apart which gives a quicker game and is more suited to Australia.


Slow the gamedown? Did you see what Oz got away with in the second half?

#3026557 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by wackojacko on 03 November 2014 - 06:03 PM

Tomkins for Whitehead is the change I'd make, he was the best second row in SL for mine.

#3025917 31/10/14 - Scotland v France KO 7.30pm (Galashiels)

Posted by wackojacko on 02 November 2014 - 10:04 PM

by way of comparison, how does Samoa's game compare?


This is a point, shouldn't there be minimum levels of local development to be allowed to compete in certain competitions?

#3022651 Catalans academy

Posted by wackojacko on 29 October 2014 - 09:22 PM

Apparently they aren't going to join the academy league as a few English teams won't pay to bring their academy over with the first team for games, so they're trying to arrange friendly games against other academies,

Bad news!


An absolute travesty if true. This can't be allowed to happen.

#3021021 Best Australian RU Player

Posted by wackojacko on 27 October 2014 - 08:52 AM

It's just sad trolling based on some tired old prejudices. I think most of it stems from jealousy at the success of RU. League fans claim their sport is more exciting and spectator friendly yet the crowd figures just don't back this up so they are left lashing out at the more popular code.


Talk about trolling...

#3019588 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by wackojacko on 25 October 2014 - 06:47 AM

When they don't drop it, they're not bad.

#3019092 Spain Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by wackojacko on 24 October 2014 - 11:35 AM

Not domestic news but Spain will take on Germany in Valencia May 6th and then play two other tests in June and July. Great news that the development continues :)